Ming vase blue

Tuesday 20 June 2017, 8.00pm HKT


WHICH colour ink do I prefer to write in?

I absolutely prefer to write in blue.

The funny thing is many people say my handwriting looks wonderful in black, which is not my preference but I have nothing against it.

It’s blue, but looks too dark because of my potato-quality phone camera

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When it comes to blue ink, I prefer the brighter kind of blue known generally as “cold blue.”

Cold blue used to be the default in Parker ballpoint refills and German-made brands like Pelikan, Schneider, etc.

The typical blue in most pens today is just too dark or too purplish to be properly called ‘blue.’

(via Pantone 288C ってこんな色)

Cold blue somewhat resembles the traditional Chinese 青 (qīng), which is a bluer form of verdant (blue-green).

If you’re in the printing business, the closest is Pantone 288C. Otherwise, it’s “Ming vase blue.”

Below is archetypal Ming vase blue.

Here’s smirking at you, derpface

A very rare blue-and-white unicorn (麒麟 qilin) censer,
Wanli period (1573–1619),
8¾ inches (12.3 cm) high, Japanese wood box.

This incense/perfume burner made in the form of
single-horned mythical beast is modelled with an open mouth
and bared teeth, with its head turned to look towards the separately
modelled bushy tail attached by a metal pin on the interior. The animal
is seated on an integral base decorated with four cash applied on
a foliate diaper, and is fitted with a separate tray with low wall
that fits inside the figure.

Estimate US$20,000 to US$30,000. Price realised US$32,500.
Offered and sold in The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale
on 17 March 2017 at Christie’s, Rockefeller Center, New York City.

(image via Christie’s)

My drafting ink colour idiosyncrasies

black vs blue ink

I’m an oldie — and an oldie creature of habit and habituation. So I have a fairly fixed sequence of ink-colour usage:—

Internal first drafts

  • I use red or pink for the first writeup — makes it immediately clear that the crap is definitely not for showing to third parties.
  • Then I revise or edit in blue or black.

Drafts and amendments that may be read by third parties

  • I draft in black.
  • I revise in pencil or blue.
  • I edit and make amendments in pencil or green.
  • Internal corrections are in red.
  • All positions of amendments are “blacklined” — underlined in black.

Colour sequence for markups (traditional)

Black — bluegreenvioletbrown.

You can definitely see I’m an editorial and printing person to the bones.

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Americans make for a lonely lot

Tuesday 13 June 2017, 8.00pm HKT


AMERICANS leave their parents’ house when they become adults. Even their divorce rates are relatively higher than anywhere else. Doesn’t that make Americans a lonely bunch?


Well done for spotting this.

Everybody knows the average person in American society is the loneliest in the world because of the way their people as a whole treat their family, neighbours, etc — and the way they let other Americans treat them back.

When I say ‘everybody,’ I mean in a relative way (but not a loose way). A lot of people (including a lot of Americans) are okay with me about this — because everybody can see this around them enough times in real life.

Many of the works of the Beat Generation authors were exactly about this facet of the modern postwar American psyche — they were already talking about this in the late 1940s and early ’50s.

Look at the heroes in many American novels and movies — they’re singularly SINGLE toughies:—

private detectives like Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and Mike Hammer, etc

superheroes like Superman, Batman, The Avengers bunch, and practically all characters in the DC and Marvel universes

rebels like Cool Hand Luke (1967), the various Americans like Steve “Cooler King” McQueen in “The Great Escape,” etc

kick-ass cops like Dirty Harry (1971–88), Frank Bullitt (1967), Frank Serpico (1973), etc, who don’t talk, walk or even listen like the rest of the government-issued cops do

lots of villains and common criminals like Walker (played by Lee Marvin) in “Point Blank” (1967)

They’re all loners or lonely people. They’re all loved by Americans in one way or another.

The real-life ones are exactly the same.

Look at the heroes and villains in European society. Look at the same in Chinese, Japanese or any other society around the world.

Michael Caine’s character Harry Palmer in “The Ipcress File” (1965) EVEN AS A LONER had family and friends and Harry was doing it for their common good.

Look at the heroes in “Scaramouche” (1952) and “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1937, 1952). Many French heroes did it for friends and family, not for some abstract notion of ‘justice’ or personal Dirty Harryesque tough-guyness.

Look at oddball London criminals like Dom Hemingway (2013), who did it for his estranged daughter and grandson. Or try Jack Carter (“Get Carter,” 1971) who rubbed out vicious English gangsters to avenge his murdered brother.

Even an obvious loner like the unnamed cocaine dealer played by Daniel Craig’s in “Layer Cake” (2004) wasn’t without real mates.

They’re completely different from the American lineup.

It couldn’t get any more obvious than one the factor of loneliness and being a loner.

When Judge Dredd the comic book first came out in the UK in 1977, it was a different sort of ‘hero’ for the British.

Judge Dredd was a loner and a LONELY loner.

The British comic-reading population sat up and took notice because Dredd wasn’t the kind of hero people were expecting, and that lonely psychological quality was important.

I am in some position to talk about this. I grew up in 13 different countries around the world (corporate urchin, not military brat), including the USA and the UK. This is a thing that my folks and I see all the time.

Take this post at face value and try not to read anything into it. Your conclusions ought to vary from mine.

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Images: Lonely Lot via The Weather Network • Serpico via Obscure One-Sheet • Together via Wikipedia • Judge Dredd via Wikipedia

If anyone’s wondering…

Tuesday 6 June 2017, 4.24pm HKT

4.16pm local time, 33°C (92°F), rel. hum. 66%, hot and muggy

if you knew how bad things really are

Yes, I know. I last posted six months ago on Christmas Day 2016.

Conditions have not been ideal and my disposition has not been salutary, let’s put it that way for general convenience.


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A New Hope

Sunday 25 December 2016, 9.44pm HKT

hopeless roy lichtenstein 1963 wikipedia

NO, it isn’t Star Wars, thankyouverymuch.

It’s a new project — something that I’ve been faffing around since 2014 and wrote about it to you all all of you back then (see “Why am I toying with this idea?“).

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Letters to the Editor

Tuesday 22 November 2016, 8.00pm HKT

contact female hands oilpaint

FAN MAIL and hatemail from followers, detractors and passersby for Q4 2016.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR is posted 4 times a year or more, selecting the best letters received during the quarterly period.

We welcome letters on all topics, but the management regrets it is not possible to respond to all. All letters received are publishable unless the sender states otherwise. Sender must include name and location in the letter but may request anonymity or choice of pen-name. Letters may be edited for length or clarity. Management has right of choice and manner of publication. Please write via email, or use the Contact Form.

Commenting is disabled on the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR post by policy. Please use the Contact Form for commenting and corrections.

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Supermoon 2016

Tuesday 15 November 2016, 1.00am HKT

11.43pm local time, 25°C (77°F), rel. hum. 88%, warm and muggy

I’VE not gone missing but just went to the Moon, so I was out of cell range.

I was responsible for this:—


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